Summer 1 Term 2021
Welcome back to a new term in Reception.
Mrs Goodall and Mrs Broadbent will both be here to assist you this term as we start a new topic.
Our Topic this term is…
We will be finding out how we can look after God’s World and everything in it. We will learn about our Woodland neighbours and other creatures that live in the outdoors.
Your teacher is Mrs Goodall
You will also meet….
We are both her to help you and your children as they work through the Reception year.
Children can choose to be indoors or outdoors throughout the day. It is important that they always bring a coat so that they can play out when they want to.
Please ensure that all clothing is named.
Be prepared – children will take part in some messy activities. We do provide aprons but sometimes clothes do get dirty.
Children can go to the toilet as and when they need to go, but accidents do sometimes happen- we have spare clothes for such incidents. (any donations of knickers and undies would be welcomed)
All children have their own coat peg and drawer. Please encourage your child to find their own peg by looking for their name and then they will know where to find their coat when they need it.
Children can put any work to go home in their drawer, to collect at the end of the day.
What will the children learn?
The children will learn our big question
How can I be a positive member of my class?
This will involve learning to be a good friend to others, always being ready to learn and being respectful of their surroundings.
The children will learn to look after the classroom, putting things back in the correct place when they have used them, putting lids on pens and glue sticks and taking care with items such as books. Tidying is important and we teach the children that it is every ones job. If we all work together it does not take as long.
This term we will be learning to double and halve numbers to 10. We will practise counting in 2’s and understand pairs as being when 2 things are the same. We will look at symmetry and patterns that we see in nature and how they relate to our learning in maths. We will be encouraging children to try to solve simple mathematical problems such as working out the double of a number to find out how many biscuits we need for snack.
Literacy, Communication and Language
This term the children will practise writing simple explanation texts. This type of writing gives us information. We will find out about lifecycles of some of our woodland neighbours and we will write a simple explanation to put it in sequence. We will use the time words first, next, then and finally to help us.
Language, speaking and listening
The children are taking part in regular circle time sessions, where they learn to listen to others. The rules are that only one person can speak at a time and good listening means you look at the person who is speaking. The children are getting better at sitting still with tidy hands and crossed legs. We are practicing speaking in sentences, often with everyone repeating the same sentence stem, so that less confident children have a model to follow and then everyone can join in.
You can help at home by repeating what children say but in a full sentence and correcting any errors. In this way children will recognise correct speech and will have lots of good role models.
Our topic this term is: God’s World
The children will answer the question; Who are our Woodland neighbours? They will learn about different creatures and their habitats and life cycles and where they fit in the food chain. They will learn about endangered species, global warming and how it is affecting our world and some species. We will find out about recycling and how we can help to look after our world.
Our focus stories and books this term are :
This term we will be finding out how Christians believe that God created the world and everything in it.
We will read The Creation story
Thankyou to the parents who have been listening to their children read at home. Evidence shows that it does make a huge difference with the development of children’s reading skills.
Many children are now bringing books home with words. We have enclosed the new words in an envelope along with the book, so that the children can practice words they might not have learnt at school and they will not be phased when they come across them in their home reader.
It is very important that children understand what they are reading and we can check this simply by asking them questions about what they have read. Please ensure children read the same book many times so that they become confident and more fluent at reading. Check reading skills by asking them to spot words on a page. For example Can you find the word said? or What does this word say?
Please continue to practice the common exception words for Reception
Our Read Write Inc sessions are now well under way and the children have been taught all the set 1 sounds in the chart below.
Many children are now learning when 2 letters can make 1 sound. We call these letters special friends and children have to spot them in the words they read. For example in the word fish the special friends are the s and the h and together they say sh. You can help at home when you come across a word like this, by saying “look for the special friends in this word” as a reminder. At school we show the special friends in a word by underlining them, but obviously children need to learn to spot them without this aid.
Some children are still learning to hear the individual sounds in words. We play games called Fred games using Fred the frog to help us hear the sounds as we Fred talk the words. You can play these game at home too.
Here is an example:
Play Fred says touch your l e g and the child has to be able to hear the word leg and respond by touching their leg.
Repeat with other parts of your body(spelling doesn’t matter as this game is all about sounds) so you could say h e d for head
Try these words ch i n, f oo t, n e ck, l i p s, kn ee, wr i s t, th u mb, ch ee k, ar m, t u mm y, b a ck
I spy with my little eye is also good to adapt using Fred talk
I spy with my little eye a c a t. Children will need to be able to hear the word cat when you say the individual sounds in the word.